Though Pretzels are not toxic for your dog, it isn’t good for them either. Vets recommend not to let your dog eat the pretzels, but not all types of pretzels are unsafe. If fed precautiously, it can be an excellent occasional snack for your pet.
Pretzels are one of the most famous guilty pleasure snacks, especially in the western region and anything we eat becomes the interest of our dogs. Your dog is giving you a hungry look while you are enjoying your Pretzels and the first question that pops up in your brain is can dogs eat Pretzels? Let’s hunt for the answer:
Are Pretzels safe for dogs?
The loaded salt makes all types of Pretzels this famous snack, no matter it’s the small and hard one or the more traditional soft-baked one. Any responsible dog owner knows that too much salt is potentially threatening to their pet. Therefore Pretzels are not entirely safe for your four-legged furry friend.
A healthy dog, weighing about 15kgs (33-pounds), should not have more than 100mg of salt in a single day. Just for comparison, there is approximately 200gm of salt in only 20 Pretzel sticks.
Therefore Pretzels can be extremely harmful to your poor pet, but providentially there is a wide variety of Pretzels available in the market which are relatively safe for your dog. So, let’s check which sort of Pretzels are safe and from which you should keep a distance:
- Pretzels with salt: A big no, it can be lethal for them if overfed.
- Pretzels without salt: Only a minimal amount, because though it doesn’t have salt, it still is filled with loads of carbs and sugar.
- Soft Pretzels: It is comparatively safe for your pet, but making it a part of their daily diet is not a good idea.
- Hard Pretzels: Yes, you can offer it to them but only a few bites, and try to limit the hardness of Pretzels if possible.
- Pretzels Stick: Only once in a while because it has high sodium content.
- Gluten-free Pretzels: NO! it has too much salt than your dog can handle.
- Cinnamon Pretzels: Your dog is better off without them because of their high sugar content, which can increase the risk of diabetes, but Cinnamon Pretzels can be fed occasionally.
- Pretzel Bread: Bread has negative side-effects because of the abundance of carbs, so it is better to avoid Pretzel bread.
- Sourdough Pretzels: NO! don’t let your dog eat them. Only one piece of sourdough Pretzel contains enough salt to make your dog fall sick.
- Mini Pretzels: Well, since they are small, your dog can munch on them, but still, you want to limit, don’t let them eat more than 2-3 pieces of it.
What if your dog ate a lot of Pretzels already?
You don’t need to panic yourself the entire day if you have already let your dog have a bite of Pretzel. A small portion of salt is not harmful, and it takes quite an amount to cause salt poisoning.
Unfortunately, if you still doubt that your dog might have had more than enough salt, feed them plenty of water. Hydrating your pet will make them pee more often, and that is fine. But in case you doubt of salt poisoning, then look out for any signs of:
- If your pet is walking like it is intoxicated
- Lack of energy
- Sudden increment in heart rate
- Watery Diarrhea
If your dog shows any of the above signs, then you better visit your vet as soon as possible. But for the most part, only a small amount (a few pieces of pretzels), you would not notice any such adverse effects.